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Photograph -  Royal Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon, Kettles, silver
  • Royal Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon, Kettles, silver
    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868
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Royal Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon, Kettles, silver

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Lisbon (photographed)

  • Date:

    1866 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
    South Kensington Museum (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    58420

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case MX13B, shelf X, box 362

Sir Henry Cole, the first director of South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) understood the importance of photography as an extension of the resources of the Museum. He saw a role for photography in terms of documenting and promoting the Museum’s collection, as well as a tool for art education. In 1856, When Cole appointed his brother-in-law, Charles Thurston Thompson, as Museum Photographer, the first museum photographic service was born.

Under Cole’s direction, the Museum sourced photographs from a wide range of suppliers and sponsored photographic campaigns abroad. In 1866, Thurston Thompson traveled to Iberia armed with a registry of desirable items for photographing. Included among the list were objects from the collections of the Royal Palaces in Lisbon. The lack of contextuality of these photographs points to Thurston Thompson’s belief in his role as a documentary photographer.

Physical description

A sepia-coloured mounted photograph of two silver kettles with lids in the form of faces, bound in album with 70 other photographs, each with printed label.

Place of Origin

Lisbon (photographed)

Date

1866 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Thompson, Charles Thurston, born 1816 - died 1868 (photographer)
South Kensington Museum (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 55 cm album ccover, Width: 47 cm album cover

Descriptive line

Photograph by Charles Thurston Thompson, Royal Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon, Kettles, silver, albumen print, 1866

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Kettles

Categories

Photographs; Silver

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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